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Sharia and Jihad: The Qur’an as Legal Text

Lecture no. 11 from the course: Introduction to the Qur’an

Sharia and Jihad: The Qur’an as Legal Text

Taught by Professor Martyn Oliver | 26 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

The untranslated words sharia and jihad might best be understood as “searching for God’s will” and the “universal struggle for justice,” rather than the simplistic, and thus fundamentally inaccurate, concepts of judicial law and holy war. Consider the complex meaning of each term, and how it is further explicated through a rich history of fatwa, or legal opinion.


October 13, 2019